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If a pro 7s circuit could be created, there would be some outstanding young coaches available to step in to lead these teams and, hopefully, serve as candidates for future national team positions.
Kevin Imonje is doing an outstanding job in Boston, and Jone Naqica, new to coaching this summer, has stepped up also. What about Jason Pye, co-architect of the University of Utah’s 7s success and with the Utah Warriors? Or Evan Haigh at Old Puget Sound, Tui Osborne at Life, or Paul Holmes at 1823? And don’t’ forget college 7s coaches Jeff Reuther, Phil Eloff, and Justin Hundley.
Add to that a not-very-old guard of Craig Hartley, James Walker, Aaron Maheimer, Andy Katoa, and, don’t forget, Alex Magleby, and you’ve got a heavy crop of American 7s coaches, many of whom have played under current USA 7s coach Al Caravelli.
These coaches are a key component to the future of the game, be it in 7s camps for kids, the college game or the desperately-needed overhaul of the domestic club game.